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SLMS Cardinal Classic (6th/MG) – London, 11/18

2017 SLMS Cardinal Classic Academic Tournament

When?

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

 Where?

South Laurel Middle School in London, KY – just 2 miles off of I-75

 Who can compete?

Our tournament features two divisions – an Open Division and a Sixth-Grade Division.  The Open Division is made up of teams of any combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  The Sixth-Grade division is open only to sixth graders.  Sixth grade students who compete in the Open Division cannot compete in the Sixth-Grade Division.

 How much does it cost?

Open Division – $50 per team (a school can enter a second team for $40)

Sixth-Grade Division – $40 per teams (limit one per school)

 Written Assessment

The day will begin with one written assessment window.  The top five students in each subject (M, SC, SS, LA, AH) will be recognized at the awards ceremony in the auditorium.  There will be separate assessments for the open division and for the sixth-grade division.

 Quick Recall

Each team in both divisions will play a MINIMUM of four rounds of quick recall.  Each team is required to bring one experienced quick recall official who can serve either as a judge or moderator.  Teams providing a second judge/moderator will receive a $10 discount.  The tournament will follow KAAC quick recall format.  Teams will begin the day in group play and the results will be used to seed a single elimination bracket in the afternoon.

 Why should I bring my team?

Last year’s inaugural tournament featured 5 teams that would go on to win their district and region in Governor’s Cup.  Of those teams, two would make it out of pool play at the State Finals and one team would finish third in the state!  Our sixth-grade division featured 2 showcase champions and a showcase runner-up.

Our tournament is timed perfectly to provide good competition for your sixth-graders just before Sixth Grade Showcase.  It’s also a great opportunity to provide valuable competition for your team as the academic leagues wind down and focus turns to Governor’s Cup.

 Contact

To reserve your spot contact Chris Hibbard at (606) 862-4745 or via email at chris.hibbard@laurel.kyschools.us

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Robert H. Goddard Memorial Academic Tournament – Rockcastle County Middle – 10/14/2017

October 14th, 2017

Rockcastle County Middle School, Mt. Vernon, KY

Format or other rules – 1 round of written assessment, at least six rounds of quick recall

Contact person and phone/email – Herbie Brock, 859-200-3258, brock@rockcastle.kyschools.us

Registration is from 7:30 to 8:30 AM EST

Cost:               $70.00 per team, $10 discount if providing two experienced moderators

Registration deadline:          Midnight Friday, September 29th, 2017

 

  • One session of Written Testing
    • Awards given for top ten test scores in each subject (MA, SC, SS, LA, AH)
  • At least six rounds of Quick Recall
    • Awards given for the top four Quick Recall teams
  • Overall champion named based on Quick Recall and Written Testing scores
    • Points structure from KAAC
    • Each team will receive points individually. For example, Rockcastle A’s and Rockcastle B’s points will not be combined. They will be considered as if each team is a different school.

 

  • Why should you attend?
    • Early opportunity to play against formidable opponents
    • Quick Recall and Written Assessment opportunities
      • Six rounds of Quick Recall guaranteed
    • Can enter multiple teams to ensure experience for all players
    • Tournament T-shirts included with registration fee (4 per team registered) (additional shirts can be purchased for $8 each)
    • Seeding and grouping allows for play with teams at your level (experienced or beginning)
    • Central location of Mt. Vernon
      • 1 hour from Lexington
      • 2 hours from Louisville
      • 2 hours from Covington
      • 2 hours 15 minutes from Bowling Green
      • 5 hours from Ashland
      • 5 hours from Hazard
    • Top ten testers in each subject are recognized

 

Written Assessment Procedures

Each participating team may enter 3 students in each of the following written assessment areas: Arts and Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. Each student will be allowed to take only one test as there will be only one testing session. At the time of your arrival, please check with our registration desk and notify them of any changes made in your registration form.  Testing numbers may be assigned at this time.  Any student not registered by 8:30 will not be eligible for the testing session.  The testing session will begin at 8:45 AM and conclude at 9:35 AM. All tests will be occurring simultaneously. All students will stay in the testing room for the entire testing time.

 

Quick Recall Procedures

Quick Recall matches will begin at 10:00 AM. Three preliminary rounds will be played to establish rankings. The teams will be seeded and placed into pools with teams with similar records for at least three more Quick Recall rounds. All teams are guaranteed at least six rounds of Quick Recall. At the end of the second set of pool play, the teams with the highest records from the two top pools will play in the Quick Recall Championship Match which will take place immediately before the awards ceremony.

 

  • Match rules will follow all Governor’s Cup guidelines
  • The decisions of all room officials will be final
  • Seeding after the preliminary rounds and rankings to determine placements at the end of the tournament for Quick Recall will follow these criteria in order:
    • Win-loss record in pool
    • Head-to-head record
    • Average first-half points (in all rounds played)
    • Coin toss

 

*Additional rounds may be necessary depending on the number of teams in competition.

T Shirts

Tournament t shirts will be included with the team registration fee for up to four players. Additional shirts may be purchased for only $8 each. The shirts are white with red ink and will have the tournament logo design featured at the top of this form. To ensure all of your players who want shirts receive them, include shirt fees with your registration fees. Additional shirts sold at the tournament will be limited.

Food and Lunch

Our academic team will be having concessions throughout the day. Snacks and soft drinks will be available throughout the day.

  • Because this is a fundraiser for our team, please encourage your team to purchase snacks from our concessions table. Everything will cost $1 or less.
    • Please do not bring coolers or large amounts of snacks for your team. We appreciate your support of our school and our team’s fundraiser.

We will be selling $5 lunch plates that consist of two slices of pizza, a dessert, and a drink.

  • Teams should not plan to leave the campus during lunch as we would like to get started back as soon as possible after lunch.

A hospitality room will be provided for coaches, bus drivers and officials. Team parents and team members are expected to purchase lunch plates.

 

Silent Auction

We will be hosting a silent auction as a fundraiser.  Please inform your team members to bring some extra cash.  We will have a wide range of products appealing to students and adults such as toys, electronics, gift cards, and household items.

Officials and Equipment

All schools participating must provide at least one EXPERIENCED moderator AND a functioning buzzer system with laptop if needed. High school students may be used in any official capacity. Middle school students may serve as spotters, buzzer operators, or scorers. Also, additional persons to act as scorers and spotters would be greatly appreciated. SCHOOLS PROVIDING A PRE-APPROVED ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCED MODERATOR WILL BE SUBJECT TO A $10 REGISTRATION FEE WAIVER (ONLY ONE WAIVER PER SCHOOL).

Registration

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/lgcXH0ly7upWMAeq2

Registration will end at midnight on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Remember, online registration is important, but I will honor the registration of teams who have submitted their checks and invoices on a first-come first-served basis.

 

In the event that certain students on your registration form are unable to attend, substitutions can be made on the morning of the tournament. TO COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE TOURNAMENT, please complete the attached invoice and send it along with your check made payable to the RCMS Academic Team to Herbie Brock, Rockcastle County Middle School, 945 W. Main St., Mt. Vernon, KY 40456. If you need directions, contact us and then the information will be forwarded to you.  If you have any questions, call or text me at 859-200-3258 or email me at herbie.brock@rockcastle.kysschools.us

 

Payment

We are requiring that each team enclose a non-refundable check for $70.00 with their registration form. In the event that your team cannot compete in the tournament, you will be mailed a packet containing all written assessment tests and quick recall question sets.  Also, enclosed in this information you will find an invoice that may be filled out and given to your school secretary or finance clerk to help in the payment process.

  • The field will be capped at 24 teams. Spots will be reserved once checks are received by mail.
  • Schools will be permitted to register a maximum of two teams.
  • If space permits, schools may register a third team in the weeks leading up to the tournament.

Overnight Lodging

Below you will find a suggested hotel, Econolodge in Renfro Valley. It is less than two miles from the school. The owners are parents of former students of mine and they will give you a special room rate of $72 if you mention that you are staying for the Middle School Academic Team Tournament on behalf of Mr. Brock.

 

*Weekends in October tend to fill up quite quickly due to activities at Renfro Valley, so to ensure you have a room at any hotel, especially Econolodge, you should reserve your rooms early.

 

Econolodge, Renfro Valley

Address: 1375 Richmond St, Mt Vernon, KY 40456

Phone: (606) 256-4621

 

*Email herbie.brock@rockcastle.kyschools.us for an invoice.

KY Quiz Bowl Alliance MG State Tourney 4/15/2017

Kentucky Quiz Bowl Alliance 3rd Annual Middle School State Tournament

Full details: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=19562

Register at: https://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7909

When: April 15, 2017 / Registration @ 9:00am EST :: Play begins @ 10:00am EST (This is three weeks before Derby, so it should be the weekend BEFORE Thunder Over Louisville.)
Where: Noe Middle School :: 121 W Lee Street / Louisville KY 40208
Question Set: NAQT MS-22

Who may participate: ANYONE may participate, provided you are a team from a Kentucky middle school.

Format and Rules: Games will consist of 20 tossups and the associated bonuses, split into two untimed halves. The general format will consist of preliminary round robins, followed by regrouping into another round robin based on performance in the prelims. While we cannot guarantee a specific number of games at this time, we *can* guarantee that we will do our best to provide all teams with at least 7 games. In both of our previous tournaments, all teams played 9 games.

We will be playing with NAQT’s standard rules, scoring, and timing, with the sole exception of untimed halves.

Awards: The top 4 teams will receive trophies recognizing their achievement. The top scoring individual players will receive All-Star certificates and book prizes. Teams that finish in the top 15% of the field (including ties) will qualify for NAQT’s Middle School National Championship Tournament.

Fees:
First team: $70 / Subsequent teams: $60 each
Bringing a buzzer system: -$10 each (up to 2) *
Teams traveling over 150 miles (one way): -$10
Teams bringing a staffer: -$15 each **
Minimum fee (per team): $40

New to quiz bowl discount — Any school that has not participated in a pyramidal quiz bowl tournament (e.g., a tournament run on NAQT questions, or any tournament using pyramidal tossups and three-part bonuses) between September 1, 2013 and January 1, 2017 automatically qualifies for the minimum fee of $40 per team. (**I am unsure why the online system says the minimum fee for new teams is $0; this is incorrect and I will fix it when I can. All “new to quiz bowl” teams register for $40, flat fee.**)

Registration: This year, we are using NAQT’s online registration system for our tournament. You can register for the tournament as well as see the current field and fee list, at https://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7909 (the registration link is below the field cap info).

You’ll need to use your NAQT.com account to register for this event; if you don’t have an NAQT user account, creating one is free, easy, and only takes about 2-3 minutes. If you encounter any difficulty or have any questions/concerns about this, please let me know.

(Regarding the “Rosters” section on the registration page, if you don’t know your rosters yet, that’s perfectly fine! You can change those at any time up to and including the morning of the tournament. )

If you already know you would be interested in bringing C/D teams should there be space, please feel free to go ahead and sign your C/D teams up as STANDBY TEAMS (the Standby team registration link is right below the regular registration link, where it says “Sign up a standby team”). If space remains in the field after March 15, I’ll go ahead and move those teams into the normal field.

Questions/Further Info: If you have any questions, please feel free to email the tournament director at jason_thompson@twc.com

Edmonson Wildcat Challenge (MG) – 11/12/2016

4th Annual Wildcat Challenge

 Where: Edmonson County High School, 220 Wildcat Way, Brownsville, KY 42210

When: November 12, 2016—Registration is from 7:00 to 8:00 AM CST

Cost: $75.00 per team (Minimum fee of $50 per team)

Our tournament is a qualifier for the 2017 MIDDLE SCHOOL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT in DALLAS, TX May 13, 2017. The TOP 15% of our field will be invited to the MSNCT. Last year we were also a qualifier for the Questions Unlimited National Academic Championship. We will have pool play in the morning; the results will be used for seeding in the playoff rounds. The exact format will depend on the number of teams that register, but all teams will be guaranteed five games. We will be using an NAQT Middle School series (MS-19) set of questions. All participating teams will get a complete copy of the set of questions used for the tournament. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM CST with matches beginning at 8:30 AM CST. Match rules will follow a modified NAQT format. For more information contact derek.stice@edmonson.kyschools.us. Please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/6GNnamHuqYCGzvXJ3.

 

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